Addressing Substance Use Among Pregnant Women and New Moms: Opportunities to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Texas Women and Their Young Children.
Kohler, Adriana. Murphy, Kate.
Texans Care for Children.
Published: March 2018
Texans Care for Children
811 Trinity, Suite A
Austin, TX 78701
This brief explains substance use disorder play a significant role in maternal mortality, children’s health, child maltreatment and child protective services (CPS) child removals in Texas. It notes 43% of CPS investigations were of families with substance use issues, 75% of family preservation cases involved families with substance use disorders, and 66% of Texas children removed from their homes and placed in foster care are there because of a parent or caregiver with substance use issues. Additional statistics indicate children in foster care because of parental substance use were less likely to be reunited and that from 2010 to 2015, a total of 23,935 children under age three were removed because of parental substance use. The following section considers key issues that should be addressed to improve substance use services and keep mothers and children safely together, including: address data gaps, provide early intervention programs, increase targeted outreach and training for health providers, expand eligibility requirements to provide Alternative Response to families with children under age six, provided supportive treatment and recovery services, and improve coordination between public health and child welfare systems, and improve service coordination between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Family and Protective Services. 22 references.
substance abuse; substance abusing mothers; pregnancy; health; prenatal drug exposure; child health; well being; prevention; infants; preschool children; policy formation; Texas; ;